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"Spectral Evidence": This was shot from September 12-21, 2011 in Cape Cod, Salem, & Cape Ann, Massachussetts. I learned about the idea of "spectral evidence" in Salem where dream 'evidence' was enough to convict people during the Witch Trials. Sociopathic young women could claim that they saw a person they knew with a cat in their dream - thusly 'proving' that the accused had a 'familiar', an animal that assisted with their witchcraft. I applied the term as a title to this movie not as an approval of its usage during the trials but as a more general metaphor for ambiguous imagery that can be misinterpreted in a Draconian way or just enjoyed for its natural richness. As such, the materials drift from Salem wax museum horrors to beaches & woods & sunsets & the like. The editing was deliberately done very carefully to the music, partially just so I could use Schoenberg's only piece composed for film. Kenneth Patchen's humorous urban quasi-Surrealism is also important. All in all, unlike many of my movies, this is more atmospheric than didactic, more driven by sensualism than by content. Vermin Supreme adds his inimitable touch of madcap near the end, perhaps as a sort of successor, in this instance, to Patchen. These days, direct-to-online has become an approximate equivalent of the older direct-to-video insofar as it implies a lack of commercial viability sufficient for theatrical release. I love this movie but it took me almost 6 years to screen it ONCE &, then, to a very small crowd. Having screened it ONCE I might as well make it available online because it's unlikely to ever be screened again. Given that I think this is a great movie, the unlikelihood of its being screened again seems idiotic but such is the cultural climate (or so it seems to me). - August 31, 2017 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
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